Running USA, a non-profit organization for the running industry, was launched on March 13, 1999 in Los Angeles.

In conjunction with USA Track and Field (USATF), Running USA was created to improve the status of road racing in the United States through collective marketing and promotions, services to runners and events and the development of American distance stars..

Timeline of significant milestones


Thanks to our founding members

51 Founding Members joined Running USA during its first year. They were:
Active.com, adidas, All American Trail Running Association (AATRA), Alta Peruvian Lodge Downhill Dash 8K, America’s Finest City Half-Marathon, American Ultrarunning Association (AUA), Army Ten-Miler, ASICS Corporation, Bank of America Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, Big Sur International Marathon, BKB Ltd., Bolder Boulder 10K, ChampionChip, Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon, City of Los Angeles Marathon, Columbus Marathon, Crim Festival of Races, Do It Sports, Elite Racing, EMMI, Examiner Bay to Breakers 12K, Florida Running Festival, Food Fitness International, Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K, Gate River Run 15K, GetFit.com, Gold Medal Event Management, Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8’s 8K, Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run, Kinane Events, Marty Liquori Productions, Methodist Health Care Houston Marathon, National Sports Network, New York City Marathon, Nike, Park Forest Scenic 10 Mile Run, PhotoRun, PowerBar, Quad-City Times Bix 7, RhodyCo Productions, Runner’s World, The Running Network, Salmini Films, Shooting Star Media, Steamboat Classic 4 Mile, Summit Exhibition Management, Tulsa Run 15K, Twin Cities Marathon, USA Track & Field, Utica Boilermaker 15K and Wharf to Wharf Race